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Barbera | Grape variety 1/2

Barbera | Grape variety 1/2

Barbera is a northern Italian grape variety best known for the Piedmontese wines Barbera d'Alba and Barbera d'Asti, which produce fresh, light red wines with low tannin content. Along with Nebbiolo and Dolcetto, it is synonymous with Piedmont, although this dark-skinned grape variety is found in several Italian wine regions, including the native Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Puglia, Campania and even the islands of Sicily and Sardinia.

Barbera nera is popular for producing colorful, fruity red wines with light to medium flavor, low tannin and high acidity. Its soft tannin profile distinguishes it from Nebbiolo, its more prestigious - and very tannic - counterpart from Piedmont. As a result, Barbera is used in both blended wines and varietal wines - the latter becoming more common as Italy focuses more on varietal labeling.

When young, most Barbera wines have a light red, cherry character, distinguished from Nebbiolo (which often overshadows Barbera) by softer tannins and a certain roundness. Barrel aging followed by bottle aging produces a denser, tart cherry note. Barrel aging can also add wood tannins that can balance the generally low tannins of the variety. A warm, Merlot-like plum note is also common, although the varietal is more related to Mourvèdre than Merlot in terms of flavor profile. When overheated, a Barbera vine produces comparatively flat, dull wines with notes of prunes and raisins, while its trademark cherry flavor tends toward the cherry. - Gerardo



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Mommiano Barbera d'Alba DOC 2018, Marco Porello, Piemont

Mommiano Barbera d'Alba DOC 2018


Marco Porello, Piedmont

The color is ruby red with a violet core. The bouquet is typical Barbera of red fruits and some sour curd. The palate is wonderfully juicy, with harmonious acidity and subtle minerality. Overall, the Barbera 'Mommiano' is a well-made classic with a decent price. - Gerardo

"With fruity cherry and currant notes and an earthy aroma blues, the excellent Barbera d'Alba Mommiano entertains the nose; smooth, fresh and fruity its taste. - Gambero Rosso

   0,75-L 14,5 % Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) in stock

 € 9,25 € 8,90 11,87 €/L
   

Mommiano Barbera d'Alba DOC 2021, Marco Porello, Piemont

Mommiano Barbera d'Alba DOC 2021


Marco Porello, Piedmont

The color is ruby red with a violet core. The bouquet is typical Barbera of red fruits and some sour curd. The palate is wonderfully juicy, with harmonious acidity and subtle minerality. Overall, the Barbera 'Mommiano' is a well-made classic with a decent price. - Gerardo

"With fruity cherry and currant notes and an earthy aroma blues, the excellent Barbera d'Alba Mommiano entertains the nose; smooth, fresh and fruity its taste. - Gambero Rosso

   0,75-L 14,5 % Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) in stock

 € 9,25 12,33 €/L
   

´Paolina´ Barbera d'Alba DOC 2019, Ca' del Baio, Piemont

Paolina Barbera d'Alba DOC 2019


Ca' del Baio, Piedmont

Fresh, pleasantly drinkable red wine with a delicate acidity. The typical Barbera nose announces coniferous wood and violet scents. Harmonious on the palate of measured bitterness. The aging took place in large wooden barrels for further refinement. - Gerardo

   0,75-L 14 % Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) in stock

 € 10,50 13,27 €/L
   

´Mon Ross´ Barbera d'Asti DOCG 2020, Forteto della Luja, Piemont
Mon Ross Barbera d'Asti DOCG 2020

Forteto della Luja, Piedmont

In the glass bright cherry red with garnet reflections. The bouquet conveys hints of fresh red fruits and violets. Fresh, juicy and youthful on the palate. 100% Barbera. - Gerardo

   0,75-L 13,5 % Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) in stock

 € 9,95 13,27 €/L
   

´Vigna Santa Rosalia´ Barbera d'Alba DOC 2018, Giacomo Brezza & Figli, Piemont
Vigna Santa Rosalia Barbera d'Alba DOC 2018

Giacomo Brezza & Figli, Piedmont

Barbera of traditional style and rich ruby color. The bouquet is typical of the grape variety and recalls ripe red berry fruit. On the palate of noticeable tannin, fine streak of acidity and medium length. - Gerardo [TS06/19]

"Dark, bright ruby red with a brilliant core. A bit closed on the nose, light spicy notes, fleshy. Light on the palate with a fruity mid-palate, lean body, lively acidity, still enjoys good length on the finish." - Falstaff

   0,75-L 14 % Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) in stock

 € 11,95 15,93 €/L
   

Barbera d'Alba DOC 2019, Renato Corino, Piemont
Barbera d'Alba DOC 2019

Renato Corino, Piedmont

Bright ruby red in color, the bouquet is reminiscent of noble plum as well as black currants. Fresh and full-bodied on the palate, with lively acidity. - Gerardo

"With its pure-toned, modern, powerful Barolo and Barbera labels, it manages the balancing act between richness and elegance in perfectly balanced harmony." - Gambero Rosso

   0,75-L 14 % Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) in stock

 € 11,95 € 10,99 14,65 €/L
   

Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC 2017, Giacomo Brezza & Figli, Piemont
Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC 2017

Giacomo Brezza & Figli, Piedmont

The Barbera plantings of this high quality site (Cannubi Muscatel) date back to 1942 and produce grapes of excellent quality. The color of Barbera d'Alba is strong ruby red with dense dark core. The typical Barbera nose is expansive with berry fruit and meadow herbs. The palate is powerful with ripe tannins and of good length. - Gerardo [TS06/18]

"Rich, bright ruby red. Smells of ripe cherries and violets on the nose, inviting. Round and clear on the palate with a pleasant melt and juicy core, lively, exciting and fresh, good length." - Falstaff

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 € 16,50 22,00 €/L
   

Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC 2018, Giacomo Brezza & Figli, Piemont
Barbera d'Alba Superiore DOC 2018

Giacomo Brezza & Figli, Piedmont

The Barbera plantings of this high quality site (Cannubi Muscatel) date back to 1942 and produce grapes of excellent quality. The color of Barbera d'Alba is strong ruby red with dense dark core. The typical Barbera nose is expansive with berry fruit and meadow herbs. The palate is powerful with ripe tannins and of good length. - Gerardo [TS06/19]

"Rich, bright ruby red. Smells of ripe cherries and violets on the nose, inviting. Round and clear on the palate with a pleasant melt and juicy core, lively, exciting and fresh, good length." - Falstaff

   0,75-L 14 % Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) Stock 16

 € 17,50 23,33 €/L
   

´Le Grive´ Monferrato Rosso DOC 2019, Forteto della Luja, Piemont
Le Grive Monferrato Rosso DOC 2019

Forteto della Luja, Piedmont

Monferrato Rosso Le Grive leaves a unique impression: the pronounced aroma recalls fresh fruit with hints of vanilla and exotic spices. The palate is fresh, velvety and with a long finish. - Gerardo

"With the Pinot offering its classic berryish scent and Barbera adding flavor impact and structure, Le Grive is surprisingly seamless. It also ages beautifully, emerging over time as a stylish, even elegant red wine." - Matt Kramer (Wine Spectator)

   0,75-L 14,5 % Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) in stock

 € 17,95 23,93 €/L
   

Barbera d'Alba Vigna Pozzo DOC 2018, Renato Corino, Piemont
Barbera d'Alba Vigna Pozzo DOC 2018

Renato Corino, Piedmont

Fine Barbera from the famous single vineyard 'Vigna Pozzo': dark ruby red with violet inclusions in the glass. In the fragrance of ripe plums, chocolate and spicy herbs. On the palate, full of finesse, of particular density and fullness with grape variety-typical, memorable streak of acidity. - Gerardo

"Dense and concentrated Barbera, impenetrable in color, tart-sweet on the nose with hints of cherries and exotic spices." - Dr. Jens Priewe

   0,75-L 15 % Vol.  contains Sulfites  plus ShippingPrice incl. VAT (DE) in stock

 € 27,50 36,67 €/L
   


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Barbera | Grape variety 1/2 | gerardo.de

Barbera, formerly called the 'people's grape', is a red grape variety grown in Piedmont, which has been cultivated in Monferrato since the Middle Ages. Today Barbera is widespread throughout Italy (mainly Piedmont), adaptable and high-yielding. The wines made from it are powerful, with relatively low tannin and tight acidity. Not much remains of the former surpluses of the 1980s, and winemakers now take great care of their Barbera. Some also like to grow this grape variety in wooden barrels (e.g. in small barrique barrels).

Already cultivated in the 13th century in Monferrato, the high-quality Barbera grape is now widespread throughout Italy. The powerful wines made from this autochthonous red grape variety are appreciated for their distinct fruity aromas. The Barbera grape today ranks third among the top Italian red wine varieties: right after Sangiovese and Montepulciano.

Sometimes the Barbera grape is also called 'the people's grape of Piedmont' because of its versatility and high yield. Barbera is still the most widespread grape variety in Piedmont, dominating the provinces of Asti and Alessandria, but the grape variety is also strongly present in the areas of Cuneo and Turin. The medium-sized pyramid-shaped, winged grapes with heavily ripened, blue-black berries are endowed with considerable acidity levels and are used in numerous wines, most of which are prestigious and can be aged for a long time. - Gerardo